By Joe Barrett
PLANS are being progressed in Portlaoise to provide public bus services on two routes – Collier’s Lane to the Ballyfin Road. Kilminchy to Bellingham.
So councillors from the Portlaoise Municipal District Council were informed at their recent meeting.
Cllr Caroline Dwane Stanley asked for an update on the roll out of the proposed public bus service for Portlaoise?
The council’s Director of Services Simon Walton said that “preliminary designs” are in place for the Portlaoise Town Bus Service to provide for two bus routes. He said that there will be an average of 20 stops along each route, five in the centre of the town, where the two bus routes will join. He said the buses will run every half an hour.
However, Mr Walton said that the project cannot be advanced until the council receives the necessary funding from the National Roads Authority.
Cllr Dwane Stanley said that those living along the Mountrath Road area of the town have to walk up to 4km into the centre of the town to catch a bus into Dublin. She said that while they are walking into town Bus Éireann passes them along the roadway as there are no designated bus stops along the route.
She said that people living on the opposite side of town in the Kilminchy area have to walk up to 6km to get to the centre of the town.
Cllr Dwane Stanley said that should the council receive the necessary funding to provide the public bus services around Portlaoise that bus shelters should also be provided at the bus stops.